Personal Injury Lawyer Michael Perenich
I am a personal injury lawyer in the Tampa St. Petersburg area, I work at Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes with my father Mark Perenich you can find him at www.1forjustice.com .
Our firm was established by my Grandfather Guy Perenich in 1955 he saw the need to help the community after working for an insurance company.
Michael Perenich is a third generation personal injury attorney. His grandfather, Guy Perenich began the firm now known as Perenich, Caulfield, Avril, and Noyes in 1955. Following in his father’s footsteps, Michael’s father Mark Perenich began working for the Firm in 1984. Michael spent a lot of time in the office growing up; becoming an attorney and working with his father and grandfather was a natural evolution for him. Michael was born in Clearwater, raised in Tarpon Springs, and now lives in St. Petersburg. He graduated from East Lake High School then studied Philosophy, like his grandfather, and graduated from the University of South Florida.
While at the University of South Florida Michael was selected to be a member of the Ethics Bowl team. Michael helped the team place third in the southeast region. He was also elected to be the Vice President of the campus Philosophy Organization. After USF, Michael went to Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law. While in law school, Michael interned for Honorable Judge Robert Morris of the Second District Court of Appeals. He also participated in a study abroad program in Budapest Hungary, and Istanbul Turkey (International Transactions, and Central European Legal Systems). During his third year of law school he was accepted to study at the University Of Florida Levin College Of Law where he received the Honorable R. Grable Stoutamire Book Award (highest grade) in American Legal Thought, as well as a distinction in Trial Practice.
Before personal injury, Guy Perenich was an adjustor for an insurance company. Guy witnessed the unjust and unfair power insurance companies had over the average person. Michael’s grandfather built his firm on the premise of “fighting for the little guy.” This is a torch that has been passed down to Michael, and he carries it with pride.
Michael enjoys traveling, wakeboarding, hiking, mountain biking, soccer, reading philosophy, cooking, Volkswagens, and performance car tuning in general. While he was at USF, he worked at Volkswagen, and later worked at Euro Tuning performance shop. Michael’s mechanical knowledge is a valuable tool when handling car accident cases. Michael currently lives in Historic Kenwood, Saint Petersburg, with his wife Jayne, and daughter Wilhelmina. He has working conversational knowledge of Spanish (Español), and German (Deutsch).
Michael’s grandfather guy would always tell him about stories where the little guy was being pushed around. One particular story he told me was when he was growing up he was fortunate enough to have taken a typing class in school. Through the skill he was able to get a job at the New York Times, instead of selling newspapers he was doing typing for the newspaper. While he was there he told me that a new employee came to work with him. This particular guy told my grandfather that he used to be on the board of the Corporation. That this guy used to high up in the company, and through a process of decisions the company decided that he was no longer going to be on the board and instead was going to work an entry-level position. I think it was this experience amongst many other that led my grandfather practice personal injury. Personal injury is a very specific and interesting practice of law, one has to be mindful that clients cannot pay to have someone represent them in these cases, as the case progresses expenses can become astronomical. Insurance companies have attorneys that they can hire because they have a lot more money on hand. Insurance companies have a greater ability to pay for legal counsel to represent them in cases as they can retain these people, or paying by the hour. Plaintiff’s attorneys do not get paid by the hour they get paid by the case, and in some cases we personal injury attorneys will put more than 1000 hours into a case in that case may not pan out the way would like pan out the way the client would like. This is an due to our lack of experience but it is due to the nature of the civil justice system in the United States, when we bring a case in front of a jury we simply do not know how a jury is going to think or feel about a particular issue in the case, or whether or not that jury during trial will feel our case is a good or bad one. But my job as an injury attorney is to help frame my client’s case, and tell the story that my client has to tell, argue the law to the court in order to tell that story and its complete entirety.